MINNEAPOLIS - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the Los Angeles Angels solidified themselves as the team to beat Tuesday after acquiring slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira in a trade from the Atlanta Braves.
"They sent a message to their fans," Guillen said. "They want to go all the way. I mean, when you make trades like that with a team that's already almost in, you are thinking about the next step. The next step is going to the big one, not the playoffs."
While the Sox have been scuffling a bit lately, Guillen still doesn't think general manager Kenny Williams needs to make a trade before Thursday's nonwaiver deadline.
"For what we need, there's not much out there," Guillen said. "There's nothing like, let's do this and guarantee a win. I need those guys to go out and play, believe me. I look at the lineup and the talent is out there. I wish we played like the way we played before, when everyone was playing well."
Guillen is sure the White Sox will be criticized if they fail to make a move the next two days. He recalls a similar reaction in 2005, when the Sox went on to win the World Series.
"The fans and media, people who are not around, they always have something in mind, but it's not easy," Guillen said. "I remember in 2005, people wanted Junior (Ken Griffey) and that guy. So we bring in (Geoff) Blum, and we were a bunch of losers. But that's what needed at that particular date. People don't understand that. I believe in what we've got."
On the mend: Injuries are a big reason Ozzie Guillen doesn't think a trade is necessary.
The White Sox have three key players on the disabled list - third baseman Joe Crede (back), relief pitcher Scott Linebrink (shoulder) and starter Jose Contreras (elbow).
Crede and Contreras should be back by the end of next week, and Linebrink is hoping to return in mid-August.
"We're struggling, but we are still in first place," Guillen said. "We lost Bobby (Jenks) once, Linebrink, Crede and Contreras and we don't hear about it. We lost a couple of key guys, and hopefully when they come back, hopefully pretty soon, we got back on track.''